Iraq to demand U.N. probe into Baghdad attacks

Published September 22nd, 2009 - 12:37 GMT

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani vowed on Tuesday to call for an international probe into deadly Baghdad bombings last month, ahead of his visit to the United Nations General Assembly. Talabani's remarks came amid tense ties between Iraq and Syria, which Baghdad accuses of sheltering the masterminds behind the bombings which killed 95 people and wounded 600.


"It (a tribunal) will be part of our discussions, because they are considered to be war crimes and crimes against humanity," he said, according to AFP. "We will ask for the United Nations to help us."


Earlier, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has asked the United Nations to form an independent commission to probe the August 19 attacks.


The foreign ministers of Iraq and Syria met in Istanbul last week, with Turkey acting as a peace broker in a bid to defuse tensions.



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